President Mamnoon Hussain arrived in Astana today on a four-day official visit to attend the first summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on science and technology. On his arrival at Astana Nazarbayev International Airport, the president and First Lady Begum Mehmooda Mamnoon Hussain were warmly received by Kazakh Minister for Defence and Aero Space Industry Beibit Atamkulov. The heads of state and government from around twenty-two Muslim states and delegates from around fifty-seven states will attend the summit. The president is one of the eight Islamic world leaders to deliver their statements at the inaugural session of the summit. Besides attending the OIC Summit he will also attend the closing ceremony of Astana Expo 2017 on Future Energy. The President is expected to hold meeting with Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, presidents of Turkey, Bangladesh and Bosnia during the visit.

China appreciates Pakistan's contribution for int'l counter-terror cause

China has appreciated Pakistan's contribution for the international counter-terror cause. The appreciation was expressed by Political Bureau Member of Communist Party of China Central Committee Meng Jianzhu during a meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif in Zhongnanhai Ziguangge. Meng Jianzhu said Pakistan and China should deepen anti-terror cooperation. The Foreign Minister said Pakistan is willing to keep close cooperation with China in combating terrorism.

HEC to develop 20 new research universities under vision 2025

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) will develop twenty new TIER 1 research universities under Vision 2025 to produce skilled human resource for catering to the new trends of development. According to official sources, the special focus on research at these universities will help enhance competencies of the prevailing and emerging disciplines of specialized studies to spur rapid development in the country.

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